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Posted on: June 28, 2017

County Health Partners Complete Update to Health Improvement Plan

MAYVILLE, N.Y.: – In conjunction with the New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) Prevention Agenda, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS), Brooks Memorial Hospital, TLC Health Network, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and Westfield Memorial Hospital collaborated to complete an update to the Community Health Assessment, hospital Community Service Plans, and the Community Health Improvement Plan, which includes collaborative health improvement efforts spanning 2016-2018.


A thorough examination of community health data and the results from a series of public input opportunities led the group to re-confirm the priority areas that were selected during the last Community Health Assessment (2014-2017). These priorities include:

  • Prevent chronic diseases;
  • Promote healthy women, infants, and children; and
  • Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse.


The Chautauqua County Community Health Planning Team (CCCHPT), which consists of representatives from CCDHHS, the four hospitals, Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene, Chautauqua County Health Network, P2 of Western New York, The Chautauqua Center, and The Resource Center, worked collaboratively to update the items included in the Community Health Improvement Plan, as well as each hospital’s Community Service Plan.


A comprehensive review of health data found some areas where Chautauqua County showed great need for improvement, which included:

  • Cardiovascular health and corresponding death rates;
  • Percentage of babies who are breastfed;
  • Percentage of mothers receiving adequate prenatal care;
  • Percentage of adults who smoke cigarettes;
  • Percentage of adults who are physically inactive;
  • Percentage of adults who consume sugary beverages daily; and
  • Rate of newborns that test positive for drugs.


Areas where Chautauqua County did well compared to New York State Comparisons:

  • Rate of hospitalizations due to falls for adults ages 65+;
  • Preventable hospitalization rates;
  • Percentage of adults ages 50-75 meeting colorectal screening guidelines;
  • Percentage of adults ages 65+ with flu immunizations;
  • Overall rates of sexually transmitted infections;
  • Percentage of premature births; and
  • Percentage of children with the recommended number of well child visits.


"This review of health and social conditions in Chautauqua County led us to re-confirm our collaborative public health priorities," said Director of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler. "The problems we see in our community are very complex and many are directly related to the social determinants of health: the conditions in the places where we live, learn, work, and play.  In order to make gains here, continued effort is required on the part of all sectors of the community—public, private, educational, non-profit, media or philanthropic.”


The Prevention Agenda 2013-2018 is New York State’s health improvement plan that was developed by the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council. The plan was designed to demonstrate how communities across the state can work together to improve overall health and quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Prevention Agenda envisions New York becoming the Healthiest State in the Nation, and designates five priority areas:

  • Prevent chronic diseases;
  • Promote healthy and safe environments;
  • Promote healthy women, infants, and children;
  • Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse; and
  • Prevent HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases and healthcare-associated infections.


More information about the New York State Prevention Agenda can be found at www.health.ny.gov. The complete Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan for 2014-2017, and the updates for 2016-2018 are available on the CCDHHS website: http://chautauqua.ny.us/241/Public-Health.


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